Wednesday, April 3, 2013

30 minutes with VirtualDJ 7.4 and ContentUnlimited HD Video + Karaoke Streaming _ Windows 8 Support

Atomix seemed to be quite serious when they told me that they would only release VirtualDJ 8 when it was really ready, and not before. So while we continue to wait to see if it lives up to expectations, VirtualDJ 7.4 is here, made Windows 8 friendly, but more importantly getting an immense cloud based library of audio, video and karaoke files called ContentUnlimited.
First the words, which have finally been official released:


Atomix Productions Inc Releases VirtualDJ 7.4

VirtualDJ 7.4 adds new Professional DJ subscriptions options for HD Music Videos and Karaoke. Windows 8 Optimization including new multi touch interface support, and much more.
Atomix Produtions Inc, (http://www.virtualdj.com) announced the release of Virtual DJ 7.4 ©, the latest incarnation of its blockbuster software package for Disc Jockeys. Virtual DJ 7.4 allows DJ’s to professionally mix Audio, Music Videos, Karaoke files, and much, much more. Virtual DJ is currently the 8th most downloaded software application of all software available at CNET’s © Download.com with over 68 Million downloads.
While continuing the non stop development on its next generation VirtualDJ 8, as promised, Atomix Productions has continued to release fresh and exciting improvements to its existing platform. Brand new in version 7.4 is the all new ContentUnlimited. Users now have a choice of unlimited cloud based Audio, Video, and Karaoke content, powered by industry partners Grooveshark, VJ-Pro.com, and MegaHits (formerly ChartBusters), respectively.
“We’re very excited”, said the company’s COO Andrew Van Almen; “For the first time ever, professional DJ’s now have all of the cloud based content they could ever desire, available instantly within the application.”
Version 7.4 also refined the former MusicGroups service into two new features called LiveFeedback and MySets. The LiveFeedback feature is a real time recommendation engine that now makes much more accurate suggestions of what to mix next, based on data from millions of DJ’s around the world. The MySets feature is now a webpage where users can see their set logs, with an option to publish to their profile on virtualdj.com or Facebook.
Version 7.4 is also optimized for the new Windows 8 operating system including Multi Touch Interface Support. New tablets and laptops with touch screen interfaces now give the end user the ability to utilize VirtualDJ in ways not possible before. By offering the unique ability to manipulate various areas on the screen simultaneously with one or two hands. The company has also added direct and enhanced support for various hardware controllers from our partners such as Pioneer Pro DJ, Denon DJ, Hercules, Numark, American Audio, and more.


The content is available for all users in 30 second previews, but subscription plans (which is cleverly marketed on Virtual DJ’s site as “the Netflix of DJs”) for each type of content are available for different prices:
  • Music Plan (Grooveshark) – $9.99 / month; 15,000,000 tracks
  • Karaoke Plan (MegaHits and eventually SunFly) – $19.99 / month; ~20,000 karaoke videos
  • Video Plan (VJPro) – $49.99 / month – currently only available for US DJs due to licensing laws
Virtual DJ 7.4 also adds a fair amount of compatibility for Windows 8, including support for multi-touch computers (read: Microsoft’s Surface), fixed a number of bugs, and has a remake of the MusicGroups service into two software features:
  • LiveFeedback: recommends what tracks to mix in with the current playing track based on what other VDJ users have mixed in
  • MySets: creates a webpage that shows users their set history